Jon Gray has been quietly really good in his last few starts.
Entering the night, Gray had allowed just three earned runs in his last four starts.

Tonight, we saw it all come together for Gray, who fired eight innings of one-run ball while allowing just three hits in the Rangers 7-1 win over the Nationals.

Gray was able to work his way through the eighth by throwing just 98 pitches after struggling with his pitch count the majority of the season.

“It was just being more comfortable being over the plate, really,” Gray said after the game.

“I got to the point where I was kinda sick of it, where I’d rather give up a home run than walk a dude, so I thought we filled it up, and when you’re mixing like that, your room for error is so much larger.”

As for the offense, they weren’t too bad themselves. A Rangers offense, which had been struggling of late, used 7 runs on 11 hits to power past Washington.

“We battled, I think that’s how you have to look at it,” Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said after the game.

“We had some good at bats there, had some productive outs, a close ball game until we scored there at the end.”

In the fourth inning, the Rangers used three straight singles to tie the game, as Jonah Heim came through with the RBI knock to tie things at one. The very next inning, Marcus Semien scored following a triple that took nearly the exact same bounce as Wyatt Langford’s inside-the-park home run.

Josh Smith continued his tear in the sixth when he smacked a home run just over the right field wall to extend the Rangers lead to 3-1. Smith has now reached base in 17 consecutive games with a plate appearance.

Texas would blow the game open in the eighth with a three-run inning powered by Leody Taveras’ first home run of the season to make the score 7-1 and put a stamp on one of the Rangers’ better offensive nights of the season.

With tonight’s win, the Rangers move to two games above .500 (16-14) for the first time since 4/18. Texas has posted a winning record after the month of April for just the second time in the last eight seasons.


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